Intravenous medication therapy has a multitude of uses ranging from fluid stabilization to the administration of medicine. One of the primary purposes of IV-based therapy is to help maintain homeostasis within the body. Healthy individuals can regulate ADH, the hormone responsible for controlling bodily functions such as blood pressure and osmolality, normally; however, individuals that do not have proper function must rely heavily on intravenously administered medication or fluids.
One of the most common conditions treated with IV-based administration is dehydration. Dehydration can happen to any individual, but it is a cause for concern especially in the elderly due to the extended time their bodies need to acclimate to different conditions. The elderly should not fear the use of IV-based medication; this administration will be much faster than taking the medication in any other form.
As is the case with any medication, IV-based medication should be closely monitored to prevent any complications. Many metrics can be used to determine the effectiveness of IV-based medicine. The main changes that should be watched are the normalization of sodium and a reduced heart rate. However, these effects may also not be demonstrated; many factors can affect the positive or negative impact of a successful IV administration of medication. These include a recent injury and the improper use of diuretics. The use of IV-based medication is a smart and effective method to help not just the elderly but anyone requiring the administration of medication and fluids.
At Springfield Place and J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home we look forward to treating all of our residents with the best care possible for their specific needs.